- Series: Dumplin' (Book 1)
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (March 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062327194
- ISBN-13: 978-0062327192
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 494 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Julie Murphy on Swimsuits
Spoiler alert: every body is a beach body! Are you wasting away in the heat this summer? Are you tired of covering and taking shelter in dark, air-conditioned coffee shops? Well, slather on that SPF and pack that beach bag full of books, because we’re sharing our tips for attaining The Perfect Beach Body!
Who can go to the beach?
2. Lunch Ladies.
4. Cab Drivers.
5. Individuals Fluent in Latin.
6. Anybody with a Body.
7. Literally Anybody.
Find the perfect swimsuit for your body shape.
1. Find a store that suits your style and carries swimwear in your size.
2. Choose patterns, fabrics, and styles that make you happy.
3. Try on your selected swimsuits.
4. Choose the swimsuit that makes you feel good about your body.
5. Congratulations you have found the perfect swimsuit for your body shape.
How to achieve the perfect beach body.
1. Put on your swimsuit. The more fabulous it makes you feel, the better.
2. Add your favorite pair of shades to the mix. You can’t go wrong with red heart-shaped sunglasses.
4. Take a good look at yourself in the mirror and do ten *book shimmy* reps.
5. Pat yourself on the back! Your body is the perfect beach body!
No matter your shape or size, remember that you deserve to enjoy your summer as much as anyone else. Don’t waste time holding yourself back from a beautiful day at the beach or the pool. And remember: every body is a beach body.
“Will’s singular voice compels readers to think about all that goes into building-and destroying-self-esteem...Splendid” (Booklist (starred review))
“I’m obsessed with this book. Wickedly funny, heartbreakingly real, full of characters to love and cheer for. DUMPLIN’ is such a star.” (Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love and 99 Days)
“DUMPLIN’ should be required reading for anyone who has ever felt even slightly uncomfortable in his or her skin. Julie Murphy’s star continues to shine with this groundbreaking, poignant story that will surely change lives.” (John Corey Whaley, award-winning author of Noggin and Where Things Come Back)
“Murphy…successfully makes every piece of the story…count, weaving them together to create a harmonious, humorous, and thought-provoking whole.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“[A] richly enjoyable novel...a clever and funny book to please lovers of thoughtful romance and secret pageant fans.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Genuine, romantic, and with a dash of Texan charm, this is a novel that celebrates being who you are while also acknowledging that it’s incredibly difficult to do.” (The Horn Book)
“Portrays and challenges sterotypes about beauty pageants, size issues, and women’s concerns...Powerful.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
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From the Back Cover
With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, and Dolly Parton songs, Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.
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The first thing that struck me as a reader was Murphy’s characterization; so often, when we’re reading books about underdogs, they are portrayed to be perfect human beings when it comes to personality. Not here. Willowdean is flawed in the way that she forms first judgments about other people- judgments that are often harsh. She can be cruel inside her own mind towards other people, but isn’t everyone, to some extent? Her development as a character becomes apparent as the book progresses- as she grows up, she learns to not only accept herself but others around her. Perhaps the one piece of critique this book gets the most is Willowdean’s judgments, but to me, that’s what makes her and the book so three-dimensional.
The novel is multi-faceted, in the way that it doesn’t focus on one thing over another, giving the reader a perfectly rounded picture of Willowdean’s life. We see her friendships, her relationship with her deceased aunt and her mother, her boy problems, her work. All of these things work seamlessly together to construct a solid storyline.
However, some of the secondary characters felt flat. There were so many of them that they can be hard to keep track of. Their personalities blend together after a little, and had the book been longer, perhaps the book would deliver more of a punch with all the different characters. The strange little love triangle was another thing I wasn’t big on- I didn’t think the book needed it, and if I consider the situation objectively, I don’t particularly think the situation was handled in the best way.
But all in all, Dumplin’ is a solid contemporary that deals with an important issue with sass and poise, simultaneously. The ending is spectacularly handled: ambiguous but leaves the reader content. It’s a three-dimensional, fast-paced reader, good for even those people who don’t usually reach for contemporaries.
I have been searching and searching for this book my whole life. I book about a big girl, who is comfortable in her own skin. A girl who has boys who like her, isn't desperate and love starved. Willowdean is the type of Dolly Parton living heroine I needed in my life.
I have read other books with about fat girls before. The conclusion us always the same. In order for her to finally be happy and find love. She has to lose weight. She is a sad miserable shell of a girl until she loses weight and finds a man.
Wil is not this type of girl. She has two guys after her. Does'nt feel the need to desperately cling to a boy just because he shows her attention. She lives a happy and fulfilling life.
I also loved how even though she us big. The author did'nt feel the need to show her eating all the time! Oh how I hate it when a big girl stuffs her face all the time to reiterate that she is indeed big. Newsflash big girls din't spend all their times eating.
I was worried about the pageant theme. Thinking she would some how win the pageant. Walk the stage with Bo. And it would be cheesy unrealistic fun. Instead the author surprised me in the conclusion. Delivering an empowering and lovely message about love and body positivity.